Willie Willis

Willie Mae Willis

Wednesday, May 11th, 1927 - Thursday, April 4th, 2019
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Ms. Willie Mae Willis transitioned peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the Community Hospice Morris Center. She was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Alapaha, Georgia by her aunt, Susie Nixon and great aunt, Priscilla Jackson. She accepted Christ at New Hope Baptist Church in Alapaha, Georgia.

She graduated from Alapaha Colored School. With a zeal for higher learning, she attended Albany State College in Albany, Georgia. While there, one of her extracurricular courses was singing in the College Gospel Choir. She returned to Alapaha, Georgia and became an Elementary School Teacher at her alma mater, Alapaha Colored School. She later moved to Jacksonville, Florida and became a kindergarten teacher at Dayspring Baptist Church which was then located Downtown on Jefferson Street under the direction of Mrs. Carrie B. Sloan and Mrs. Willie Lee Smith. Her continued employment was with the Duval County School System as a Substitute Teacher. Her final employment was with the Florida Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services. While working for the State she took a sabbatical to further her education. She attended Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She retired from the Florida Department of Children & Families & Health and Rehabilitative Services on April 16, 1998 after 29 years of service.

She placed her membership with Dayspring Baptist Church and was a faithful member for over 60 years under the leadership of Rev. Cyrus A. Weaver, Rev. James A Oliver, and Rev. Moses Javis where she was the music director for Choir #4 and the Youth Choir. Currently under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jeffrey K. Rumlin, she continued with the music ministry and sang in the Mass Choir. She was in regular attendance to Sunday School, Bible Study and the Senior Ministry. She was always willing to help and assist in any area without any hesitation.

Her parents, Harold & Sylvia Williams; great aunt, Priscilla Jackson; aunt, Susie Nixon; sister, Dorothy Simmons; son-in-law, Jimmy Jordan; and grandson, Desmond White preceded her in death.

Survivors include her children, Ira (Deborah) Willis, Janet Jordan and Sheryl (William) Walker; 7 grandchildren, Octavia Carter, Eugene White, III (fiancé Raisha Meadows), Ira (Jeanine) Willis, Jr., Ranota Willis, Michael Hicks, Mark Hicks and Ashleigh Willis; 4 great-grandchildren, William Michael, Alex Washington, A’via Carter and Elle White; 2 great great-grandchildren, Ke’Moni White and Desmond White, Jr.; sister, Barbara Long, New York City; brother, Harold (Eleanor) Williams, New York City; devoted nieces, Ida Smith, Constance Miller and La’Nita Simmons; devoted cousin, Kenneth Stoney; a host of nieces, nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, great-great-great nieces and nephews, cousins and many sorrowful friends; a devoted friend, Mrs. Lillie Ruth Blue; her drivers and riding partners were, Mrs. Aletrice P. Harris, Mrs. Yuwonga Thornton, Ms. Judy Bullock, Mrs. Mary Floyd and Deacon Randolph Bevel.

The funeral service for Willie Mae Willis will be held 11AM, Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at the Dayspring Baptist Church 5654 Dunn Ave. The visitation will be 5 - 7PM, Friday, April 12th, 2019 at the mortuary. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery. Please sign the family guest book and view the video tribute @ Arrangements in care of Tyrone S. Warden, FDIC, 4315 N. Main Street, 765-1234
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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Funerals By T. S. Warden
    4315 North Main Street
    Jacksonville, FL 32206
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  • Service

    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, April 13th, 2019 11:00am
    Dayspring Baptist Church
    5654 Dunn Ave
    Jacksonville, Florida 32218
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  • Interment

    Evergreen Cemetery
    4535 Main Street
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Anita Sherrer

Posted at 08:48am
Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the entire Willis family. May you find comfort and peace from the many memories as you celebrate her life. I will always remember her warmth and kindness. She welcomed everyone graciously and so very thoughtful in word and deed. She left a great legacy for her family to model... love God and love people. Anita Sherrer

Linda Lester

Posted at 05:31am
To The Family of The Late Ms Willie Mae Willis You Have My Deepest Condolences

The Carter Family

Posted at 03:00pm
Our deepest sorrows to the Willis family for your loss! Please imagine a world filled with peace, free of suffering, filled with an abundance of good for all, and life in perfect health. Jesus has made this hope possible for Ms. Willie Mae and all who exercise faith in his ransom sacrifice. (John 3:16, John 6:40) Welcoming her back to life when she answers Jesus' voice can be a privilege for all rightly disposed persons who love her and put their faith in God's promises for her. (John 5:28-29; Revelation 21:3-5) God wants Ms. Willie Mae to live, not die!

Viola Blackman

Posted at 01:32pm
I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences goes out to Willie Mae's family. The Bible is always a source of encouragement during this time.

Notice what is stated at Acts 24:15, "There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Jehovah wants people to live not die. As the source of life, he becomes the father of everyone who is resurrected. (Psalms 36:9)

How appropriate, therefore, that Jesus taught us to pray: "Our Father in the heavens." (Matt. 6:9) Jehovah has given Jesus an important share in resurrecting the dead. To resurrect our loved ones and to live forever on earth is a promise made by Jehovah. (Psalms 37:29; John 3:16)

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Posted at 10:33am
I am very sorry for your loss. It is not an easy time to go through. Talking about it with someone always helps, and their is no one better than God, he even gives us in the Bible Hope in John 5:28, 29 where he promises to bring back to life our loved ones. And in Revelation 21:4 he promises us a better future where we won't suffer no more. To know more visit

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